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Dr. Steven van de Vijver

PS06_VijverDr. Steven van de Vijver

Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya

During his studies he worked in Ethiopia, India, Australia and the United States and published articles on this in various magazines.

After specializing as a tropical doctor he worked for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There he discovered the need for care of chronic diseases, and specifically cardiovascular diseases, in low resource countries. In order to obtain this expertise he went back to The Netherlands to finish his specialization in Family Medicine and Masters in International Health in order to focus on primary health care in slums. He obtained the position of Director of Urban Health, at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and moved with his family to Kenya to work on prevention of cardiovascular diseases in slums. Currently he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The aim of the SCALE UP study is to design an effective and efficient intervention to prevent cardiovascular diseases in the slums of Nairobi that is sustainable and scalable to other settings in Sub Saharan Africa.

Prof. Dilrabo Kadirova

Kadirova PhotoProf. Dilrabo Kadirova

Prof. Dilrabo Kadirova is the Head of the Family Medicine Department No.1 of the Tajik State Medical University (TSMU) named after Abu Ali ibn Sino, MD, Professor. She has over 25 years of teaching experience.

Prof. Kadirova received her candidate of science and doctorate degrees studying at the Medical University in Moscow. Her research focuses on cardiology, in particular hypertension and its prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of different age groups: women, youth, elderly and senile, as well as the development of family medicine in the Republic of Tajikistan (RT).

She is the founder of the Family Medicine Department at TSMU. Before the establishment of the department, she studied the development of family medicine and was trained in UK, the USA, Austria and Estonia. She developed training programmes for students, master students, clinical residents and trained 78 family doctors in RT. Prof. Kadirova currently supervises the work of the department, where there are 14 teachers of family medicine. About 1000 students in the family medicine department have been trained, students are being trained in this subject at clinical internship and master’s level as well. She delivers lectures to all students and conducts seminars. In addition, she conducts seminars and conferences for family physicians at the City Health Centre in Dushanbe. Prof. Kadirova consults patients daily.

GHF2014 – PS29 – Information and Communication to Promote and Facilitate Health

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PS29 THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014 ROOM: LEMAN
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Information and Communication to Promote and Facilitate Health
MODERATOR:
Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs, PhD, MS, CHES, Senior Assistant Professor of Social Marketing and Head of BeCHANGE Research Group, Institute for Public Communication (ICP), Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Smartphones to Improve Health Workers Performance and Rational of Drug Use for Management of Childhood Illnesses in a Low Resource Settings
Ms. Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus, MD, PhD candidate, Epidemiology and Public Health Department, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Prof. Don de Savigny
Head, Health Systems Interventions Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Dr. Allison Goldberg
Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Global Corporate Affairs Anheuser-Busch InBev, United States
Dr. Anthony Adoghe
Research PhD student in Public Health at the University of Essex and founder of Adoghes’ Online Public Health Clinic, United Kingdom
Ms. Sabina Beatrice-Matter
Manager Health Projects, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development Switzerland
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Suggs photo_sept 2011Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs

Professor Suggs is an Assistant Professor of Social Marketing and Head of the BeCHANGE Research Group in the Institute for Public Communication, Faculty of Communication Sciences, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), in Lugano Switzerland. She is also Director of the USI Sustainability Incubator (USI-SINC). She received a BBA in Marketing at University of North Texas (USA), a MSc and PhD in Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University (USA), and a Post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University (Canada).

Suzanne’s research focuses on behavior change communication through information and communication technologies. She examines the determinants of behavior and tests innovative digital communication strategies, delivered through ICT, and the influence on health behaviors. The majority of her work focuses on eating and physical activity behaviors, but also does research on alcohol, tobacco, decision-making, vaccination uptake, hand washing, HIV testing, medication compliance, self-management of conditions and therapy, and consumption behaviors.

Prior to joining the faculty in Lugano, she was Assistant Professor of Health Communication, Department of Marketing Communication, at Emerson College and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). She has a wealth of industry experience, working with pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, foundations, organizations, and multi-media communication companies. She is a Co-Founder and on the Executive Board of the European Social Marketing Association and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. She teaches graduate level courses in Social Marketing, Focus Group Methods, Research Methods, and Media Skills. And for the second year in a row, Suzanne will teach a course on ” m-Health: Mobile Communication for Public Health”, in the Swiss School of Public Health+ Summer School this August in Lugano.

Rambaud Profile PhotoMs. Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus

Married, mother of two girls and MD, specialist in General Medicine (France), with a focus on Tropical Medicine and International Health. Large field experience as clinician or research scientist with Médecins Sans Frontières and Epicentre in Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Cameroun, and Swaziland. Back in Switzerland after three years of expatriation in Tanzania, from 2010 to 2012 as PhD Student with Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and University of Basel in the field of malaria, non-malarial fever, and management of childhood illnesses. Currently finishing a PhD thesis and working as a clinician in Travel Medicine Unit of University Hospital of Lausanne.

Don de Savigny_squareProf. Don de Savigny

Professor de Savigny is an epidemiologist and public health specialist and currently Head of the Health Systems Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel.  He has extensive experience in conducting and facilitating health research in developing countries and has lived and worked for many years in Africa.  He chairs or is a member of a number of WHO, RBM, Global Fund, and TDR advisory committees and networks such as COHRED, the Health Metrics Network and the INDEPTH Network.  His current research focuses on interventions to strengthen health systems in developing countries, and on the health system effects of Global Health Initiatives for scaling up access.

Goldberg_Badge_squareDr. Allison Goldberg

Allison Goldberg is a recognized public health expert who has worked with private and public sector leaders around the world on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS to maternal and child health, health innovation scale-up, and health systems strengthening. Allison has published widely and presented on these topics at national and international conferences and high-level meetings with the United States Government and United Nations. Allison spent eight years working with consumer health and pharmaceutical companies, health providers, national and local governments, and non-governmental organizations all sharing interests in developing and implementing evidence-based solutions to address global health challenges. Allison is currently the Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI). In this role, Allison manages and helps develop ABI’s evidence-based research approach to advancing prudent policy related to alcohol and global health. She manages a portfolio of public health initiatives and ensures that research and best practices are embedded in these initiatives. Allison earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Health and Political Science from Columbia University.

SabinaMs. Sabina Beatrice-Matter

Sabina Beatrice-Matter is Project Manager at the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development for some of the foundation’s healthcare projects, namely the primary healthcare program in Mali, the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health as well as ICATT and IMPACtt – two eLearning initiatives aimed at improving training in maternal, newborn and child health in collaboration with WHO and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. From 2008 to 2013, Sabina was also in charge of Communication’s at the Novartis Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Sabina worked for the communications department at Novartis and did internships with the Swiss national television in Berne and the news agency FSN in Washington DC.

Sabina is currently doing an MBA in International Health Management at the University of Basel (graduation expected in 2015). She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the University of Salamanca in Spain and studied one year of Journalism at the Shenandoah University, USA.

GHF2014 – PS11 – Emerging Experiences in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for Integrated NCD Control in Primary Health Care Settings

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PS11 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: MOTTA ICON_Fishbowl
Emerging Experiences in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for Integrated NCD Control in Primary Health Care Settings
MODERATOR:
Mr. Kaspar Wyss
Head of Unit, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
SPEAKERS:
Strengthening Rural Health Services: Prevalence of diabetes and associated risk factors among ≥45 year olds in South Tajikistan
Ms. Gulzira Karimova
Local community health specialist, Tajik-Swiss Health Reform and Family Medicine Project (Project Sino), Tajikistan
Nicusor Fota
Public Health specialist, Romania
Ala Curteanu
Dr. John Tamaro
Aga Khan Foundation, Switzerland
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Historically primary care services in Eastern European and CIS countries have been orientated towards identifying communicable disease patients and referring them then to hospital. Today many CIS and Eastern European countries emphasise the importance of family medicine and in some countries such as for example Moldova or Lithuania substantial progress has been made over the last decades. The packages of services to be provided at primary health care / family medicine level remain however focused on controlling for short, episodic, curative care, mother and child health care and vaccination.  In consequence there exists limited documentation on emerging experiences for NCD control within primary health care. The present session shall address this gap and present emerging experiences from Eastern Europe and Central Asia on approaches towards the integration of NCD control within primary health care settings.
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GHF2014 – PS08 – Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs

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PS08 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs
MODERATOR:
Dr. Ariel Eytan
Division of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Integrating Neuro-Psychatric Disorders at the Level of Primary Health Care Centres: Guinea
Dr. Abdoulaye Sow, Director, Medical Fraternity, Guinea
Strengthening Rehabilitation Care for Psychiatric Inpatients in Iraq
Mr. Denis Caharel, Assistant Head Chief Nurse, Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Strengthening the Competencies and Skills of Nurses in Mental Health–Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Selma Kukic, Project Officer, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Case Management in Mental Health Settings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Darko Paranos, Project Manager, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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This session should offer an opportunity to discuss the integration of mental health care and psychiatry in primary health care services. A variety of experiences will illustrate the debate. A Sow and colleagues will bring an African perspective with a focus on epilepsy, a disorder at the crossroad between neurology and psychiatry and carrying specific cultural representations. D Caharel and colleagues conducted a training intervention in a psychiatric hospital in Irak, a country where mental disorders are still heavily stigmatized. S Kukic, D Paranos and colleagues will show two distinct facets of the mental health reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH): professional development of the nursing staff on the one hand, case management on the other hand.
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PS08_Ariel_Eytan_Square_Version 2Dr. Ariel Eytan

Ariel Eytan graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Geneva. He is trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of mental disorders, international psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He conducted research on mental trauma in the Balkans and in Rwanda. He is the author of approximately 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals.

 

Sow Profile PhotoDr. Abdoulaye Sow

Abdoulaye Sow is a general practitioner , public health physician , director of a national NGO called Guinea Medical Society ( FMG ) .

Abdoulaye Sow has been engaged for twenty years in the provision of primary care and participated in the installation of several community general practitioners and private health centers to public purpose . It is since 2009 a lecturer and member of the education committee of the specialized study of family medicine degree at the Faculty of Medicine of Conakry. A. SOW is involved in several projects to support community health sector and resource person with some health districts. His major area of ​​interest is the management of mental health at the community level . FMG which he is also providing support to public health centers by facilitating the integration of the management of many chronic diseases including AIDS , tuberculosis and severe neuropsychiatric disorders . Member of several networks that it is often facilitator in the field of health promotion

 

PS08_Kukic Profile PhotoMs. Selma Kukic

After graduating Psychology in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina her professional development began within the organization for support to People living with HIV. Basically she performed tasks of planning and implementing programs for psychosocial support. This period of three years has been extremely important to her personal sensitization in the area of ​​stigma and discrimination of vulnerable groups. After this period, over the next four years, to her great joy and exceptional motivation she began her involvement in the field of Mental Health, where she hopes to work for a long time.

GHF2014 – PS06 – Integrated Management of NCDs at the Primary Health Care Level : a World View

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PS06 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: MOTTA
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Integrated Management of NCDs at the Primary Health Care Level:
a World View

MODERATOR:
Dr. Nicholas Banatvala
Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
An Integrated Approach to Management of Diabetes and Hypertension in Western Kenya
Dr. Simon Manyara, Pharmacist, Academic Model Providing Access To Healthcare (AMPATH), Kenya
Introducing a Model of Cardiovascular Prevention in Slums of Nairobi
Dr. Steven van de Vijver, Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
Clinical Audit on Diabetes Care in UNRWA Health Centres
Dr. Yousef Shahin, Chief Disease Prevention and Control, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Jordan
Identifying the Barriers to Care and Medicines for Diabetes and Hypertension: A pilot study in Lima-Peru
Mrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas, Investigator, CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
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Nick Banatvala_squareDr. Nick Banatvala

Dr. Nick Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health) at WHO in Geneva. Current responsibilities include leading development of a global coordination mechanism for the prevention and control of NCDs, spearheading a newly set up UN NCD Taskforce and leading WHO’s global training programme to build capacity on NCDs for senior policy makers in middle and low-income countries.

Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs at the Department of Health in England where he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy, its strategy for working with WHO and DH’s bilateral engagement with emerging economies. (Read more)

PS06_ManyaraDr. Simon Manyara

Dr. Simon Manyara is a pharmacist working in Eldoret, western Kenya. He also studies Global Health (masters) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His two key areas of interest are non communicable diseases and access to medicines. He works in rural western Kenya to provide care for patients with diabetes and hypertension using a model that combines both peer groups and microfinance. Additionally, he implements community revolving fund pharmacies which ensure accessible and affordable supplies of essential commodities in government facilities within the same catchment area.

PS06_VijverDr. Steven van de Vijver

During his studies he worked in Ethiopia, India, Australia and the United States and published articles on this in various magazines. After specializing as a tropical doctor he worked for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There he discovered the need for care of chronic diseases, and specifically cardiovascular diseases, in low resource countries. In order to obtain this expertise he went back to The Netherlands to finish his specialization in Family Medicine and Masters in International Health in order to focus on primary health care in slums. He obtained the position of Director of Urban Health, at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and moved with his family to Kenya to work on prevention of cardiovascular diseases in slums. Currently he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The aim of the SCALE UP study is to design an effective and efficient intervention to prevent cardiovascular diseases in the slums of Nairobi that is sustainable and scalable to other settings in Sub Saharan Africa.

PS06_Yousef_Shahin_squareDr. Yousef Shahin

After graduating in Medicine and General Surgery at Zaprozyha Medical University in the Former USSR in 1985, he joined Jordan University of Science and Technology where he completed Master degree in Public Health in 1995.

Joined UNRWA in 1992 as Medical Officer in charge of health centers till 2005, when he was promoted to a senior position at UNRWA headquarters. He has more than 8 years’ experience in disease prevention and control programme, and responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the UNRWA’s progrmme for disease prevention and control by preparing technical instructions, clinical guidelines, periodic assessment and supervision of related activities.

Dr. Shahin was designated to World Health Organization/ Eastern Mediterranean Region from July-December 2011 as Technical Officer on non- communicable diseases.

He has publications in medical journals including the Lancet on different health topics mainly diabetes care among Palestine Refugees. Participated in many international conferences and workshops addressing public health related topics.

PS06_Maria Kathia CardenasMrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas

Mrs. Cardenas is a Peruvian investigator at CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) based in Lima. She graduated from Economics and studied a Master in Epidemiological Research at UPCH through a Fellowship supported by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Prior to her move to CRONICAS, she worked in areas devoted to Economic Evaluation of Projects and Public Policy in Social Development at two larger economic and development Think Tanks in Peru: Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Her area of main interest is Health economics applied to chronic diseases. Her desire and main motivation is to help improving the quality of people's lives of Peruvian population through better health status, especially of the most deprived.

GHF2014 – PS03 – Primary Health Care Reforms and Family Medicine

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PS03 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Primary Health Care Reforms and Family Medicine
MODERATOR:
Prof. Jan De Maeseneer
Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of Ghent University, Belgium
SPEAKERS:
Identifying and Addressing Structural Quality Gaps in Primary Health Care in Tanzania
Dr. Dominick Mboya
Research Scientist, Research Department, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
Medical Student and Clinical Teaching Staff Attitudes and Perception of Family Medicine: Tajikistan
Prof. Dilrabo Kadirova
Professor of Family Medicine, Chair of Family Medicine Nb. 1, Tajik State Medical University, Tajikistan
The Impact of the Family Health Team (FHT) model on UNRWA PHC clinic: a success story in a resource-limited and refugee setting
Dr. Ali Khader
Family Health Team Coordinator, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Jordan
Making the Profession of Family Doctors Attractive for Future Doctors: Kyrgyzstan
Dr. Salima Sydykova
Teacher, Kyrgyz State Medical Academy I.K. Akhunbaev, Kyrgyzstan
Dr. Flora Lucas Kessy
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Mzumbe University, Dar es Salaam Campus College, Tanzania
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JanDeMaeseneerProf. Jan De Maeseneer

Professor Jan De Maeseneer is a family physician and Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of Ghent University. His research at the university focuses on Education, Health Promotion, Health inequity, Health Services Research and Global Health. He published more than 100 articles in scientific journals.

In 2013 Jan De Maeseneer was appointed to the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health of the European Commission. In 2012 Jan De Maeseneer became a member of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. (Read more…)

 

PS03_Mboya_squareDr. Dominick Mboya

Dominick Mboya has over 25 years experience as medical practice and teaching, currently employed as a research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, responsible for coordinating Health System Quality Improvement initiatives implemented by Ifakara Health Institute through Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Health Care (ISAQH). The initiative is funded by Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development. Apart from that he is the Intervention coordinator for the Connect project designed to test the model of trained and paid Community Health Workers to accelerate achievement of MDG 4 & 5, the project is funded by Doris Duke Foundation and Comic Relief. (Read more)

Kadirova PhotoProf. Dilrabo Kadirova

Prof. Dilrabo Kadirova is the Head of the Family Medicine Department No.1 of the Tajik State Medical University (TSMU) named after Abu Ali ibn Sino, MD, Professor. She has over 25 years of teaching experience.

Prof. Kadirova received her candidate of science and doctorate degrees studying at the Medical University in Moscow. Her research focuses on cardiology, in particular hypertension and its prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of different age groups: women, youth, elderly and senile, as well as the development of family medicine in the Republic of Tajikistan (RT). (Read more)

Dr. Khadrer_squareDr. Ali Khader

Worked as medical doctor in different clinics and hospitals in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, worked at different managerial and technical levels with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Developed guidelines, training materials, assessment tools, project and research proposals, developed PHC interventions, conducted scientific and operational research, published papers in the fields of maternal and child health, NCDs, Tobacco, school health, micronutrient deficiencies, family medicine…..  provided guidance and mentoring to staff and junior researcher. Represented UNRWA health department in regional and international meetings.

Kessey Profile PhotoDr. Flora Lucas Kessy

Flora Lucas Kessy, a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Mzumbe University, Morogoro Tanzania holds a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics with a major in Family and Consumer Economics and a minor in Women and Gender in Global Perspective from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA. Dr. Kessy has researched and published on issues related to income and non-income poverty, social sectors development and good governance. In particular, she has researched on poverty reduction strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa, poverty escape routes, covariate and idiosyncratic shocks affecting households in Tanzania and social protection. In the area of governance, she is involved in public expenditure studies for the health sector and water sector and the use of evidence for actions to improve maternal and newborn health. (Read more)

 

Recep Akdag

RecepAkdagSquareRecep Akdag

Minister of Health of Turkey 2002 - 2013

Recep Akdag was born in Erzurum, Turkey in 1960. As a pediatrician, he has been holding a professor title from the Ataturk University School of Medicine since 1999. During his career as a medical specialist and academician, he had been involved in a number of administrative tasks. Between 1994 and 1998, he worked as the Deputy Chief Medical Director, Chairman of the Procurement Commission and Deputy Editor of the Medical Bulletin in the Research Hospital of the Medical Faculty of Ataturk University. He also co-founded the Biotechnology Research Center of the University and served as the Deputy Head of the Center from 1997 to 2000.

After being elected as a Member of Parliament from the Province of Erzurum, he had served as the Minister of Health of Turkey between 2002 and 2013. During his tenure, he has been the key figure for the implementation of the influential Health Transformation Program (HTP) in Turkey. This comprehensive program brought a people-oriented approach to healthcare service delivery and strengthened the health system with successful implementation of universal health coverage. Major aspects of this health system reform included integration of public hospitals, increased patient access to medical services and prescription drugs, invigorated primary healthcare delivery with the implementation of family medicine, improved maternal and childhood healthcare services, better quality and reach of emergency services, and establishment of a national medical rescue team.

HTP generated high access rate for essential services thru the adequate healthcare supply and universal health insurance covering the poorest. Infant mortality rate, maternal mortality ratio and catastrophic health expenditures decreased dramatically. Public satisfaction with health services increased from 39% in 2002 to 75% in 2012. Apart from leading this influential program, Prof. Akdag has edited a number of reports and contributed/co-authored academic articles about HTP. He has addressed, directed and moderated in many international conferences including of those the WHO and UNICEF. He has received the WHO’s “World No Tobacco Day” Award as a recognition of his efforts in the fight against the global tobacco epidemic and in the promotion of tobacco control initiatives and policies. He has been an advisory board member of the Ministerial Leadership in Health (MLIH) Program at Harvard University since 2012.

Prof. Akdag still serves as an MP in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for his third consecutive term. He also is a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Dr. Suzanne Suggs

Professor Suggs is an Assistant Professor of Social Marketing and Head of the BeCHANGE Research Group in the Institute for Public Communication, Faculty of Communication Sciences, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), in Lugano Switzerland. She is also Director of the USI Sustainability Incubator (USI-SINC). She received a BBA in Marketing at University of North Texas (USA), a MSc and PhD in Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University (USA), and a Post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University (Canada).

Suzanne’s research focuses on behavior change communication through information and communication technologies. She examines the determinants of behavior and tests innovative digital communication strategies, delivered through ICT, and the influence on health behaviors. The majority of her work focuses on eating and physical activity behaviors, but also does research on alcohol, tobacco, decision-making, vaccination uptake, hand washing, HIV testing, medication compliance, self-management of conditions and therapy, and consumption behaviors.

Prior to joining the faculty in Lugano, she was Assistant Professor of Health Communication, Department of Marketing Communication, at Emerson College and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). She has a wealth of industry experience, working with pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, foundations, organizations, and multi-media communication companies. She is a Co-Founder and on the Executive Board of the European Social Marketing Association and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. She teaches graduate level courses in Social Marketing, Focus Group Methods, Research Methods, and Media Skills. And for the second year in a row, Suzanne will teach a course on ” m-Health: Mobile Communication for Public Health”, in the Swiss School of Public Health+ Summer School this August in Lugano.